About the General Class:
The General Class license is the second of three US Amateur Radio licenses. To upgrade to General Class, you must already hold a Technician Class license (or have recently passed the Technician license exam). Upgrading to a General license–which conveys extensive HF privileges—only requires passing a written examination. Once you do, the entire range of operating modes and the majority of the amateur spectrum below 30 MHz become available to you. The FCC grants exam Element 3 credit to individuals that previously held certain older types of licenses.
- The current question pool for the General exam expires JULY 1, 2019
- MAKE SURE YOU ARE USING A CURRENT BOOK OR WEBSITE!!!
- A passing score for the exam is 26 correct out of 35 questions
The General Class Amateur Radio License Question Pool
The NCVEC is the national organization that oversees the Volunteer Examiner program for amateur radio licensing. They also create the question and answer pools used for the licensing exams.
ARRL General Ham-Radio License Manual with CD (link to Amazon.com)
Gordon West’s General Class 2015-2019 Amateur Radio License Manual (link to Amazon.com)
Practice Testing Sites
These sites feature free practice tests for the amateur radio license exams.